This statement may come as a surprise to some of you, since this blog was originally built around the subject of the dark web. For the time being, I’m walking away from it.
I’ve encountered a few things that have really made me question whether or not I should be there, and I don’t think it’s worth the risk.
On the bright side, this doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing the blog; I think I’ll just alter the subject matter more toward privacy-themed technology, and security (which I’m interested in anyway).
I do understand that my page views tend to go up whenever I talk about the dark web – and I may still discuss it from time to time, but that doesn’t mean I need to actively be in it.
To be fair, I had received some warning signs already. Several times, I was nearly the victim of an XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) attack, and had I not been using the NoScript plugin, I likely would have received the full brunt of it.
I also once attempted to visit a site with, shall we say, “questionable” motives, and I received a message that my IP address had been banned. It looked something like this (but a little less dramatic):
So, if those experiences weren’t warning enough, I’d hate to think what other horrifying things lay in store for me. I certainly don’t want be doxed and have my personal details posted on the dark web, or to have my identity stolen…or worse.
On the bright side, as someone said to me, “You can only write about the dark web so much before it gets old.” As I thought about that, many of the YouTube videos and blog posts about it say the same things: “Ooh, it’s shocking! There are hitmen! There are drugs! There are cats!”
I may as well find some things that aren’t being said everywhere else. So, don’t be disappointed, readers!
I have been looking more into bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, so there’s plenty more to say about that. Plus, there are hundreds of different privacy apps and general security issues that I’m becoming more aware of each day.
I’ll keep the blog interesting. Just give me some time to do more research.